Time Out Of Joint (S.F. MASTERWORKS) Paperback – 11 Sep 2003
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An idea that predates both THE TRUMAN SHOW and THE MATRIX from one of SF's greats.
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"Marvelous, terrifying fun, especially if you ve ever suspected that the world is an unreal construct built solely to keep you from knowing who you really are. Which it is, of course." Rolling StoneRagle Gumm has a unique job: every day he wins a newspaper contest. And when he isn t consulting his charts and tables, he enjoys his life in a small town in 1959. At least, that s what he thinks. But then strange things start happening. He finds a phone book where all the numbers have been disconnected, and a magazine article about a famous starlet he s never heard of named Marilyn Monroe. Plus, everyday objects are beginning to disappear and are replaced by strips of paper with words written on them like "bowl of flowers" and "soft drink stand." When Ragle skips town to try to find the cause of these bizarre occurrences, his discovery could make him question everything he has ever known.PHILIP K. DICK (1928 1982) wrote 121 short stories and 45 novels and is considered one of the most visionary authors of the twentieth century. His work is included in the Library of America and has been translated into more than twenty five languages. Eleven works have been adapted to film, including Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
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Realising that people can retreat into their own fantasy reality to protect themselves shows how amazing the human brain is.
Reminded me of the movie the Truman show.
If reading for the first time,it might unsettle you as to the everyday life of your own boring existence,although it's more than an anagram of ordinary reality.The suburban world of Ragel Gumm,whose livelihood depends on winning a boring competition in a newspaper,is gradually found to be something more deeply unsettling.It seems our own mundane lifes contain more stranger aspects,but Dick displays some metaphysical happenings that he would become famous for,as the world around him gradually dissolves,revealing reality itself as something rather very weird instead.
The author would write even better books,but this could be a good book to begin with if you haven't read him before,and still stands up well today.
Philip K Dick has written better books than this but that is not to say that you should avoid reading this one - just don't expect to be blown away. The 'Afterword' by Lou Stathis goes some way in explaining why the book itself seems out of joint and implies that Dick rewrote it following feedback from the publisher.
This is labelled as Book 55 in the great 'SF MASTERWORKS' series out of which Dick has at least eight entries including 'The Penultimate Truth', 'The Simulcra', 'The Three Stigmata of palmer Eldritch', Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said', 'Valis', 'Now Wait for Last Year', and 'Martian Time Slip'... I would suggest that most of these are superior to this book and all are well worth a read.
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